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Poster: Jim F Date: Jun 25, 2011 12:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Exquisite TDIH

Glad to see someone else comment on the Playin'. I think it's my favorite of 1973, and really a favorite of all-time. If I could only have one version of the song, at least from the 72-74 period, this would be the one. Of course there are dozens of versions I really like, but there's something about the mood on this one, Jerry's dreamy wah-wah meandering through some of the band's best playing makes for a really nice listening experience. There's less frenetic 72ish buildups and more textual shifts in pace and tone.

Something about the deliberacy (is that a word? perhaps "the deliberate nature of the playing" is better) of the jamming on the 2/26/77 version reminds me of 6/22's version.